Temple Wildcats (11-3) vs. Richmond Foster Falcons (14-0)
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00 p.m.
Bobcat Stadium – San Marcos, Texas
Last meeting – 2015
Temple 27 – Richmond Foster 7
Surprising Region III champion Temple faces Region IV titlist Richmond Foster in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals on Saturday. For the second consecutive week, the Wildcats have the opportunity to knock off an undefeated opponent.
In the Region III finals, Temple edged previously unbeaten Manvel 24-23. The Wildcats took a one-point lead on D’Yonte Heckstall’s 16-yard touchdown reception with three minutes remaining. Temple clinched the win when linebacker Rogers Franklin and defensive end Taquon Graham sacked Maverick quarterback Kason Martin on fourth-and-11 in the final minute.
Quarterback Reid Hesse passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Two scoring passes went to Heckstall, the first for 18 yards plus the game-winning 16-yarder Tight end Zach Rumfield also snared an 11-yarder.
>Heckstall finished the game with eight catches for 125 yards. In 2016, Hesse has thrown for 3,266 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Like their previous game against Port Arthur Memorial, defense played a major factor for the Wildcats. Temple limited the Mavericks to 82 rushing yards and collected a safety 15 seconds before halftime
Foster advanced to the state semifinals by crushing Dripping Springs 51-28. The Falcons built a 34-0 first-half lead, but the Tigers narrowed the margin to 37-28 before Foster added a pair of insurance touchdowns.
Alex Ramart threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the contest, and Quinton Oliver gained 196 yards on 27 carries, scoring twice. For the season, Ramart has passed for 3,183 yards and 44 touchdowns, while Oliver has gained 1,453 yards on 203 carries including 18 touchdown runs.
The Falcons have been an offensive machine this season, outscoring their opponents 698 to 238. In the playoffs, Foster has scored 233 points, breaking the 50-point barrier in all four contests.